If your business is situated outside the EEA and you're thinking about setting up an overseas operation in the U.K., there are some practical steps you can follow. These guidelines may allow a sole representative from your organisation to spend time in the U.K., benefiting from a specific visa, for up to 3 years initially. For more insight and advice, @abbiss_cadres provides a helpful summary.
If your organisation is looking to set up in the UK, you might be able to bring a senior employee to start up a UK branch on a ‘Representative of an Overseas Business’ visa. As this visa is designed to facilitate foreign organisations establishing a UK presence, rather than for immigration convenience, there must be a genuine and sensible reason for expansion to the UK, along with extensive documented evidence that supports this. Below we provide an overview of the main considerations your organisation needs to address when obtaining a representative of an overseas business visa for a senior employee.